Awesome Aviaries

The National Aviary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The National Aviary is the largest aviary in the country. The aviary is home to over 500 birds representing more than 150 species. Alas, none of them are budgies. Boo.

This independent, aviary provides up-close interaction between visitors and the birds. Some you can hand feed. They provide educational programs, have a breeding program for endangered birds, conduct research and work to save endangered species by preserving natural habitats.So if you find yourself in the Pittsburgh area, make sure to check out the National Aviary! (Even though they don’t have budgies).

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Cooper decided that once a month she wants to feature those who rescue, shelter or are active in the conservation of her feathered friends. This month she would like to promote Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue.

Mickaboo is an all volunteer organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. They provide medical care, foster homes, educate the public and rescue 300 – 440 birds every year.

If you are in the San Francisco area and are looking for a companion bird, please consider adopting. You can find out how on Mickaboo’s website. You can also become a sponsor, volunteer,  shop Mickaboo or donate.

You can find out more about Mickaboo on their website or on facebook.

Brunch with the Birds

Yesterday we went to Free Flight’s Brunch with the Birds. It was a beautiful day. It was good to visit with the birds and the people who work and volunteer at the sanctuary.

Midori is always picture perfect.

Baby Bird wants OUT. She did come out for some head scritches, she has a head full of pinnies.

Timmy is such a sweet fellow.

Little Echo.

Beautiful Blizzard.

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Cooper decided that once a month she wants to feature those who rescue, shelter or are active in the conservation of her feathered friends. This month she would like to promote Best Friends Animal Society.

Best Friends (with locations in California, New York, Atlanta and Utah) operates pet adoption centers, spay/neuter clinics and no-kill initiatives as well as a No More Homeless Pets Network of animal rescue groups in every corner of the nation.

There are all sorts of animals available for adoption, including cats, dogs, horses, turtles, rabbits, pigs and, of course, birds. There are currently 83 birds available for adoption at the Kanab, Utah Sanctuary (including the cockatiels pictured above).

If you would like to help. you can donate, sponsor an animal or even help through shopping on Amazon Smile. The site also has stories of animals like Mitch the cockatiel, who found his forever home (along with 3 other cockatiels and 7 budgies).

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Cooper decided that once a month she wants to feature those who rescue, shelter or are active in the conservation of her feathered friends. This month she would like to promote Phoenix Landing.pl

Phoenix Landing is an all volunteer organization dedicated to the welfare of parrots – from budgies to macaws.They facilitate adoption, have a foster program, help veterinarian students interested in avian medicine, sponsor research and conservation for wild parrots, advocate standards of care for birds and provide educational opportunities for the public.pl1

Phoenix Landing has helped 2,663 parrots ​as of February 1st. A newsletter is available on their site if you would like to know more. You can donate on their site. They also have a store with toys, perches, clothing, books and food for birds. Shopping here helps to support their education and adoption programs.pl2

Thanks to Eve for letting us know about this wonderful organization.

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Cooper decided that once a month she wants to feature those who rescue, shelter or are active in the conservation of her feathered friends. This month she would like to promote Burge Bird Rescue.burgeThis Kansas City, Missouri non profit was started by veterinarian Dr. Julie Burge in 1990. She, her staff and volunteers provide medical help and shelter for birds. Birds available for adoption include parrots, doves, cockatiels and budgies. You must pass a screening interview to adopt. Birds that will remain at the shelter (due to special needs or medical issues, for example) reside in the Sanctuary Room. 12-23-15SanctuaryRoomThe website has bios and photos of the birds and information about bird care. There are  rescue stories, too. Some birds are available for sponsorship.1-16DuckyErnieIf you are thinking about sponsoring a bird, donating to a worthy cause or would like to add a bird to your family (and are in the Missouri area), please contact Burge Bird Rescue here.

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Today is National Bird Day

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Cooper is on her soapbox to spread awareness about National Bird Day. She hopes that bird lovers everywhere will celebrate their feathered friends by helping and/or learning about bird welfare and conservation. Cooper’s wish is that one day no bird species will be endangered or caged, and that all birds will fly free. Or waddle free (penguins). Or run free (ostriches). Well, you get the idea.
You can learn more about National Bird Day and ways you can be involved here.

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